Taxpayer Funded $220K Settlement Involving Florida Democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings

This is not his first rodeo either… Alcee L. Hastings is a former federal judge who was impeached and removed for malfeasance. So, he ran for Congress.

A taxpayer slush fund set up by sleazeballs, now the same sleazeballs are investigating their partner sleazeballs that used the fund to pay off their “mistakes”… You just can’t make this stuff up!

 

The Treasury Department paid $220,000 in a previously undisclosed agreement to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment involving Florida Democrat Alcee L. Hastings, according to documents obtained by Roll Call.

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Winsome Packer, a former staff member of a congressional commission that promotes international human rights, said in documents that the congressman touched her, made unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job. At the time, Hastings was the chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, where Packer worked.

Hastings has called Packer’s charges “ludicrous” and in documents said he never sexually harassed her. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

The 2014 payment to settle the case involving Hastings was not apparently included in a breakdown of payouts to settle discrimination complaints against House lawmakers from the past five years released last month by the Office of Compliance, which approves the payouts. That total included only one payment to resolve a sexual harassment claim — $84,000 paid to settle a complaint against Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold.[…]

Recent reports have indicated that lawmakers can bypass official congressional offices to resolve disputes. Conyers resigned this week after revelations that he had paid a staff member who had accused him of harassment $27,000 out of his office account.

Packer was considered a congressional employee under the law that established the commission where she worked.

Also called the Helsinki Commission, the body is made up of 21 members, 18 of whom are members of the House and Senate appointed by the leaders of their respective chambers. The other members represent the departments of State, Defense and Commerce and are appointed by the president. Read more at Roll Call.

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